This email communication has been sent to all licensed Active Clergy, clergy who hold the bishop's Permission to Officiate, Retired Clergy, Readers, Authorised Lay Ministers, Churchwardens, Lay Chairs, PCC Secretaries, and the members of the Bishop’s Council of Diocesan Trustees. 

Dear colleagues  

We anticipate this being our last afternoon email to you this week.  We therefore wish you every blessing as we enter these holiest of days together. We intend to resume this regular correspondence later in Easter week. 

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the fact that more than 400 of us gathered online for the renewal of our commitment to ministry at 11am yesterday. Although the gathering was very different from what many of us are used to, we hope that it gave us all opportunity to reflect and to recommit.  Just to remind you that we invite all who choose to do so to gather again for diocesan worship at 5pm on Easter Sunday, when Bishop David will preside at a eucharist. This will be on the Bishops' Office Facebook, Lincoln - Bishops' Office as well as the diocesan website.  

As Holy Week draws to its climax this year, our attention will probably be pulled in different ways:  to the saving mysteries of the cross and the resurrection and to the plight of the world that God loves.  We therefore want to share with you that we have been approached by a number of groups and organisations seeking to work in partnership with the Church during this time.  For example, Bishop Nicholas has been invited to chair a multi-disciplinary Health and Care System Ethics Committee.  We anticipate that many of us will have received similar invitations from community partners, or will ourselves be the initiator of such invitations, because of our local knowledge and engagement. At this point we simply want to mention the importance of continuing to explore how we best work with other groups, particularly as the pandemic begins to move into its next phase, whatever that might look like locally.  

Across the diocese we know that many are supporting those who are isolated wherever they live.  However, we do want to share that health care colleagues have expressed their concern about the impact of Covid-19 especially in rural and coastal areas.  In such places, the pastoral, spiritual and practical contribution of organisations such as faith groups is really significant. Please may we all, as we note the positive impact of so much that we are already doing, also be mindful of those who might currently be being overlooked, despite our best efforts, so that together with our community partners we may reach out to them during the coming weeks.

With our thanks and prayers for you all,

Bishop David
The Right Reverend Dr David Court
Bishop of Grimsby
Acting Bishop of Lincoln

and

Bishop Nicholas
The Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain
Bishop of Grantham